Internet Safety Rules of the Road with Phineas and Ferb

Internet Safety Rules of the Road with Phineas and Ferb

Internet safety rules are something this mom drills into my kids’ heads regularly. Here’s the deal. I am  a digital mom to 4 digital kids, internet safety and teaching our children the rules of going online is huge. We have devices everywhere. My husband and I want our kids to learn, interact and grow in their tech knowledge – and let’s face it, the rate technology is going the internet of things means the internet is everywhere.  Our kids are constantly online, and while we set up boundaries – they still need to know why we don’t let them do certain things and what they should and shouldn’t do online.

What better way to relate to children then through their language.  In my case, my kids love Phineas and Ferb. In this short video, Phineas and Ferb talk to kids about internet safety.

Phineas and Ferb Internet Safety Rules

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Here are the internet safety rules that Phineas and Ferb tell kids about in regards to online safety:

  • Be careful hat you put online never goes away.
  • You never know who is going to see what you post!
  • Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s true. (Gosh, some adults need to know this!)
  • Not everyone online is who they say they are. 
  • If you wouldn’t do it in person, you shouldn’t do it online.
  • Get off the computer, put down the phone, because nothing beats spending time with real friends. 

Thanks Phineas and Ferb! I love this video, it’s easy to watch (not too long and dragged out) and definitely speaks to kids.  I’d add another internet safety rule of “your parents can see everything you do” to the video, but overall it’s a good simple PSA that my kids will listen to. Phineas and Ferb obviously know more than their mother – hey whatever works, as long as my kids get it that they have to be safe online.

Internet safety rules are a fundamental thing we have to teach our kids. There are just way too many internet creepers out there to not be on top of this. Just like we teach our children to walk, potty training – pee only in the toilet, to read, to write (not on the wall, kid!), to ride a bicycle (look both ways before crossing the street) — we MUST teach our kids that the internet is awesome, but MUST be used properly.

How Do You Teach Your Digital Kids About Internet Safety?

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Internet Safety Rules Explained by Phineas and Ferb was originally posted on Digital Mom Blog on May 14, 2010. 

10 Things I Have Learned From Having a Large Family

10 Things I Have Learned From Having a Large Family

So when we set out on this baby making journey, we always knew we wanted to have a large family. And by large family, we mean 4 kids not 19 (though I still do love you Michelle Duggar).

The last 5 months has fulfilled that dream. We have 4 kids, ages 8, 6, 21 months and 5 months. It’s a FULL house. But you know how you have dreams sometimes and those dreams well they have these little hiccups that you just don’t see when you are dreaming but realize when you are actually living the dream? Well we’ve experienced some of those. Let me share.

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10 Things I Have Learned From Having a Large Family

1. Large Families Require Large Cars

Raising a large familyStating the obvious here right? With 3 kids, we had a large SUV and my husbands 2 door car. We knew his wouldn’t fly, so we purchased a  mid-size SUV. Our thinking being, we had paid off cars, let’s let the large SUV retire slowly and use our mid-size SUV for our travels and day-to-day activities.

Well, the problem? We purchased the mid-size SUV before we had the baby. And while our kids all fit in the mid-size SUV, traveling is well let’s just say it’s an adventure. A cramped adventure, but in a nice vehicle.

2. 4 Kids Make Lots of Noise

Noise in constant in our house. Even after the children are in bed, I can still hear the Rockabye Baby Beatles tunes in our toddler’s room playing in addition to our dogs constantly making ruckus. Noise. You must love noise in order to have a large family, just saying.

3. Laundry Will Eat You ALIVE

I’ve never been one to be “on top of it” in regards to laundry. Now that awful trait of procrastination kicks me in the arse on a weekly basis with loads of laundry. And by loads – 15 for a week is NOT uncommon. Confession: that’s if I do it in a week.

4. Kids Eat A LOT

When we had 2 kids, we could predict what our grocery bill would be. Now with 4, it’s just a joke. We make at least 2 trips to the store a week, no matter how hard we plan something happens.

5. Going Out Creates Stares

What is it with large families and stares? I say that because I do the same thing, but now we are the ones gawked at. I can see people mentally counting our children 1-2-3- oh they have 4!

6. Keep Everything, Well Almost

If a large family is in your plans, make sure you keep baby clothes and baby items – as well as kids clothes. It’s AMAZING how little we’ve had to buy Zeke. Now when I purchase something for him, it’s out of guilt. “Poor thing hasn’t worn anything new in ages, let’s buy him this Harajuku outfit.”

7. Put Money In Your Health Flex Spending Account

While this is probably the wrong time of year to tell you this, consider this next time your health flex spending account is up for change. We made sure to put the family deductible, plus a guesstimate on co-pays and prescriptions back each year. While last year, we had an unexpected surprise – typically doing this helps tremendously in the finance department.

8. Your Marriage Becomes Even More Important

Somedays feels like a tag team wrestling match. My husband and I, in a ring with our 4 kids. Tagging back and forth to stay afloat. Our marriage is more solid than ever. I totally blame our devotion to God and these kids. Neither of us could do this alone. We don’t get a lot of help from our families . We have to depend on each other to raise these children up right.

9. Lots of Kids Makes You Creative

Sounds crazy right? I swear my creativity has soared since being here with all 4 kids. I think any mom who can balance their children at various ages will understand this.

10. Having a Large Family Means You’ll Never Be Alone

After seeing how well our first 2 children connected, we knew we wanted pairs. It’s amazing the connectedness each child has for one another. I know many years down the road, even when my husband and myself are long gone – our kids will have each other.

Despite it all, it’s worth it. A cliche’ ending, yes. I love these kids. I love having a large family. My husband and I often joke, now what exactly WOULD we do if we had stopped at 2?  Life is an adventure and by having a large family, you are sure to live life like that.

Do You Have a Large Family? What Lessons Have You Learned?

Becoming and Finding a Virtual Assistant

Becoming and Finding a Virtual Assistant

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Moms need time. Moms need jobs. Have you ever considered becoming or hiring a Virtual Assistant?

Moms that Need Time

If you have tasks either work related or administrative that you can’t get to – consider hiring a Virtual Assistant.

Moms that Need a Job

If you are a mom that has a few hours a week and would like a part time job working from home – considering becoming a Virtual Assistant.

Check out Virtual Assistantville.  This website offers both a place for those looking for or interested in being a Virtual Assistant.

What Jobs Can a Virtual Assistant Do?

Here are the areas of expertise that Virtual Assistantville offers:

  • Answering Services
  • Presentation Preparation
  • Asia Virtual Assistants
  • Press Release Services
  • Audio Production
  • Programming
  • Australia Virtual Assistants
  • Project Management
  • Blogging
  • Public Relations
  • Bookkeeping & Accounting
  • Publishing Industry
  • Canada Virtual Assistants
  • Real Estate Virtual Assistants [REVAs]
  • Coach Support
  • Research and Investigations
  • Consultant Support
  • Scheduling & Reminders
  • Corporate-level Support
  • Search Engine Optimization [SEO]
  • Data Entry
  • Small Business Support
  • Database Creation
  • Social Media Virtual Assistants
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Startup Support
  • e-Commerce
  • Transcriptionists
  • Europe Virtual Assistants
  • Translation
  • Financial Industry
  • Travel Industry
  • General Administrative Support
  • UK Virtual Assistants
  • Grant Writing
  • United States Virtual Assistants
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Production
  • Insurance Industry
  • Virtual Assistant Subcontractors
  • Internet Marketing Specialists
  • Virtual Author’s Assistants
  • Legal Industry
  • Virtual Bankruptcy Assistants
  • Mac Virtual Assistants
  • Virtual Event Specialists
  • Medical Industry
  • Virtual Executive Assistant
  • Multi-Virtual Assistant Practices
  • Virtual Office Assistant
  • Multimedia Virtual Assistants
  • Virtual Paralegal Assistants
  • Newsletter Management
  • Virtual Personal Assistants
  • Non-Profit Support
  • Web Design & Development
  • Notary Public
  • WordPress Specialists
  • Online Business Managers
  • Writing & Editing

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Working from Home as a Working Mom

Working from Home as a Working Mom

wahm = work at home mom

wahm = work at home mom

As someone who has worked from home for years, I am often asked about this subject.

One misconception that many have when working at home for Corporate America is that you will be able to have your kids at home all the time. This is not an absolute statement. In the years that I worked at home, my kids were in child care so that I could get my work done.  The exception were the few days a year that either the daycare was closed or if a child was sick. Which if I was working in the office, I would of had to take a day off from my job.

What working from home DID provide me was an extra few hours with my kids each day. Even though they were in child care, I didn’t have to spend an hour getting myself ready to go into the office – allowing me to spend time with my kids. The commute was so much shorter to the daycare than my office and then daycare. Being able to throw dinner in the crock pot at lunch, saved me an hour of prep time. These hours add up. And those hours were what kept me in peace with family life work balance.

If you are looking for a job in Corporate America working from home – good news! The stats are in your favor as far as companies being open to this option.

Work at Home Stats

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These stats are from a survey of senior leaders and hiring managers of Fortune 500 companies with at least 5,000 employees.

56% Believe virtual work will steadily or greatly increase at their company.

61% Believe their companies will let more people telecommute over the next three years.

60% of office-based employees use virtual teaming technologies daily.

53% of CFOs in the USA plan to increase telecommuting and teleconferencing at their companies.

76% of CFOs in Asia  plan to increase telecommuting and teleconferencing at their companies.

56% of decision makers believe that working remotely makes employees more productive.

75% of decision makers believe working remotely is now more widely accepted.

68% of end users believe working remotely is now more widely accepted.

57% of businesses reported allowing employees to keep flexible hours.

62% of businesses reported to having employees who work remotely either full-time or part-time.

26.2 Million teleworkers in the United States in 2010.

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Do You Work From Home?